Give Your Man the Butt Part 2 and a Giveaway

by Pamela

pork butt, pork rub recipe, slow cooked pork, slow cooker recipe, crock pot pork

After a full year (plus a little bit) I am finally doing my first giveaway.  YAY!!!!!!  I’ll get to that in a minute, but rest assured…it’s a really cool package and it’s pork related because this post is about pork butt and butt paste (not of the diaper variety).  The package comes from the great people at the National Pork Board.

So I started this little blog over a year ago and have had an absolute blast writing it and meeting new people because of it.  I’ve also greatly expanded my cooking horizons.  (Quasi boring stuff here…) I started it because my internet consulting business saw a dramatic decrease in the number of clients and I had some free time that needed filling.  I have other sites, but I had more time available than those sites required, so My Man’s Belly was born (well, my man’s belly just started seeing his inputs being documented for the world – lol).

But I’ve always cooked (save for that 3 years that I was traveling 90% of the time) and love doing it.  So this was a way that I could share my recipes, since my friends and family kept asking me for them, and get to explore more of my creativity through cooking and writing.

Enough sentimentality….Back in the colder months, I wrote a post about braised pork butt.  I did a low slow braise and the headline read “Give Your Man the Butt.”  There’s that ‘creativity’ again, and I then began with the recipes and relationship advice.  Now it’s summer and it’s to darn hot to be cranking up the oven for several hours but a pork butt makes for some great picnic food.  This is where your crock pot or slow cooker comes in handy.  That little wonder can go all day and not heat up your entire kitchen to hell fire levels (and since the summer weather already does that…why add to the heat?).  And did you get that it cooks all day?  While you’re at work? So when you come home you’ve got the biggest part of dinner done?  Nice huh?

This little piggie butt was destined for a picnic.  I wanted to cook the meat in advance and have it ready for the next days festivities. (Get all the heavy lifting out of the way.)  Instead of using a dry rub, I made a butt paste.  No, this is not a diaper rash thing or something even remotely erotic (unless you like things that burn and this is not the place for you…so you should probably leave now).  I put together a dry rub then added an ingredient to wet it down to make it more paste-like, so it’s thick, not thin like a marinade.  My secret ingredient….peach preserves.  Is there anything better than the combo of roasted peaches and pork?  I think not.  (Okay, yes, BBQ sauce is pretty good with the pig too.)

So…the giveaway.  The National Pork Board has put together a really cool package for me to give away to one of my lucky readers.  It includes: a bundle of brochures with tons of pork recipes (natch), a jar of butt rub (not my recipe but one that I use and also works really well with the peach preserves), an amazing set of BBQ tools in a cool carrying pouch, a pork apron and a grocery store gift card for the grocer of your choice (to buy whatever you’d like…but it would definitely come in handy to pick up a nice pork butt and all the fixin’s).  This contest is valid for anyone living the 50 United States.

National Pork Board Giveaway

Relationship Advice

Believe it or not, I’m pretty much speechless with this one.  I mean, I’ve got Pork…and Butt…and Butt Paste…and FREE.  Even I don’t think I can top that.

But on a serious note, if you’d like to win the National Pork Board package, just leave me a comment.  I’m using RANDOM.ORG to pick the winner.  If you are chosen as the winner, I will send you an e-mail asking for your address and 3 local grocery stores (so make sure you’re e-mail address is on the form when you comment).  The winner will be chosen and notified on Friday July 30, 2010.

CONGRATULATIONS to our winner….Diane!  I can’t wait to see what you create with your gift packages.

Makes enough butt paste to cover a 3 1/2 pound pork butt


  • 3 1/2 Pound Pork Butt
  • 2 Medium Onions (sliced thin)
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Sweet Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons Peach Preserves


In a small (microwave safe) bowl combine dry seasonings and spices.

Stir to combine thoroughly.

Add the peach preserves to dry ingredients.

Mix until a thick paste forms.  (If ingredients aren’t blending well, put the bowl into the microwave for 5 – 10 seconds.)

Slide the pork butt into a large plastic bag or sealable container.

Rub the paste all over the pork butt.  Make sure that all surfaces of the pork are covered.

Close the bag or seal the container and refrigerate overnight.

Add sliced onions to the crock pot/slow cooker.

Remove the pork butt from the bag or container and lay on top of the onions.

Cover and set the crock pot/slow cooker to the LOW setting.

Let cook, undisturbed for 8 hours.

At this point, the meat is done.  Shred and serve.  Or, you can let it cool and refrigerate overnight.  Then shred, and serve cold or re-heated.

Welcome to My Man's Belly! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the site or if there's a recipe you'd like to see here. Have a great day.


Kathy January 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

Started this recipe yesterday and just put it in the crockpot. I didn’t have apricot preserves so used strawberry balsamic preserves. Hope it turns out well. Will repost after it’s done.

Pamela January 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

Hi Kathy,

I can’t wait to hear what you think. Those strawberry balsamic preserves sound fantastic. Those should work really well in this. 🙂

dave February 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

hi this might sound stupid to you but i’m from the uk do you know what the english ( english being from over the pond lol) cut of pork you use might be ? i like the sound of the recipe and would love to give it a go thanks for any help regards

My Man's Belly February 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Hi Dave, that’s not a silly question at all. In fact, even in America some of the cuts are called different things depending on where you live.

A pork butt is actually from the shoulder of the pig. So this cut would be the Hand.

Alisa July 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Wow! Happy Anniversary! That recipe looks wonderful!

Amy July 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Woohoo! Happy Birthday My Man’s Belly!

I’ve been enjoying this blog for 6 months or so now… love the recipes and love the funny ‘play on words’ titles you create to complement them!

Oh and the pics are soo yummy looking that sometimes I want to lick my computer screen… is that weird?

Count me in on your first giveaway! Thanks for the recipes & chuckles!

Nancy@acommunaltable July 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Congratulations on your first anniversary!!! The blog looks awesome and this recipe is definitely going into the “to try” file – my family loves pork (in all it’s incarnations) and this is right up their alley!!!

I am so glad that I have gotten to know you and appreciate all of your wonderful insights and advice!!


Kathy Fouts July 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

Sounds yummy. Love all your stories. Are relatives eligible to win?

Sara July 30, 2010 at 10:17 am

I only use my slow cooker for pork. Seems like that’s what the device was made for! I’m going to try your recipe and give my man the butt, but I’m gonna save some for me too. Hmmm. I’m thinking a pork butt sandwich sounds good.

foodies at home July 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

Butts make the best sandwiches or topped over a slaw or salad! Delish…and definitely one of my hubby’s favorites!

Hila July 30, 2010 at 6:14 am

I love Pork, any way you cook it, I love it!!!!! Love your site too 🙂

Pamela August 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Thanks Hila, I’m glad to hear that you like it 🙂

Sheryl July 30, 2010 at 4:07 am

I like my pork butt cooked jerk style – habaneros, allspice, oh my! But this sure looks good, too!

Pamela August 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I’ve never had jerk pork before. It sounds fantastic.

Jenny July 30, 2010 at 3:58 am

yum! I do a similar “BBQ” sauce of apricot preserves or orange marmalade mixed with hot sauce and top pork tenderloin-

jaki chaparro July 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm

love to cook pork, thanks for the inspiring recipe!

Pamela August 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I hope you try it, when you do let me know what you think.

kristina July 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

My dad owned a restaurant and would place orders with suppliers while driving us to school. My brother and I would always crack up when my dad would order pork butt. Funny mornings.

Pamela August 4, 2010 at 10:01 pm

LOL – that’s classic!

sippitysup July 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Can this man enjoy butt all for himself? GREG

pegasuslegend July 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Very fun post not here for the giveaway just loved the title and the butt of all jokes looks good!

Stephanie July 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Mmmm that sounds delicious! And what a great contest!

Kate July 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

MMM – we use peach preserves a lot when we’re cooking pork. Actually, I think we cook pork more than any other meat. It’s incredibly versatile and some cuts are just so quick that they’re perfect for getting home at 7:00 and getting dinner on the table 30 minutes later! The pork butt recipe looks awesome. Love the idea of combining a rub and the preserves! Thanks 🙂

Pamela August 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I cook with lots of pork too. It’s usually on sale and I like that it can be cooked low and slow without drying out. Let me know how you like the paste.

Reiko July 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Wow! This looks delicious!! I love adding fruity flavor to pork!

Millie July 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Love your blog. Thanks for the recipe and hey the give away would be so awesome to win. I was at a fair the other day and bought some sausage from a company called Bite My Butt out of Hamilton Texas. This recipe will top that I am sure. I am going to make it tomorrow since he already bit my butt today. LOL

Baking Serendipity July 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

Love the creative title 🙂 And pulled pork is a summer favorite at our house.

Katie July 29, 2010 at 9:46 am

That looks so good. I will be trying that one soon. Thanks

Topper July 29, 2010 at 3:10 am

I love a good butt! Great looking recipe!

Pamela August 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Who doesn’t love a good butt! 😉

Emily Baxter July 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I just made a pork butt in the slow cooker last night to shred and eat today. Man I wish I had seen your blog last night because that butt paste sounds like it would be amazing! I’ll definitely be trying it out the next time I make pulled pork!! Congrats on the first year and I’m looking forward to following your blog!!

Pamela August 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Welcome Emily! I guess you’ve got an excuse to make another pork butt.

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks July 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm

You are a doll. I love your candidness and the sexual undertones. Really isn’t it all about food and sex anyway? Glad we met in person. Happy blog birthday!

Michael / South Bay Foodies July 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Congrats on your first year and first give-away. Woo Hoo! 😀

marla {family fresh cooking} July 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Hey friend, congrats on a great first year. May you have many more to come. I love your blog and I am so happy we are friends. Great giveaway. Count me in. xo

danga rach July 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

oh looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway. =)

Nive July 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I would like to win this for my friend…Thanks for this giveaway!!!

Diane {} July 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm

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